Organize your files in Google Drive

To organize your files in Drive, you can create folders to make files easier to find and share with others.

Note: If you organize a lot of files or folders at once, it might take time for the changes to appear.

Create, move, and copy files

Create a folder

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add Add question.
  3. Tap Folder.
  4. Name the folder.
  5. Tap Create.
Move a file or folder

Important: To move a file, you must have permission to move the file from the source to the destination, otherwise the file won’t be moved. A shortcut is created in the destination folder instead.

You can move an item from anywhere in Google Drive: the main window, the left panel, or search results.

Note: If you move folders with a lot of files or subfolders, it might take some time for you to see the changes.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the file you want to move, click More and then Move.
  3. Choose the folder, then tap Move here.
    • To create a new folder, tap New folder Create new folder.
Make a copy of a file
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the file you want to copy, click More .
  3. Tap Make a copy.

Note: You can’t copy folders, only files.

Delete a file or folder
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the file you want to delete, click More .
  3. Tap Remove.

If you accidentally put an item in the trash, you can restore your item.

Change the color of your folder

You can customize the color of folders and shortcuts to folders in your My Drive and shared drives. If you change any colors, it only applies to your view in Drive.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the folder you want to change, tap More  and then Change color.
  3. Choose the color you want.

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